Auditions for a pair of koalas
3rd – 26th April 2003
Anna Schwartz Gallery
Artist wanting two people to be part of an installation performance work. Fully clothed in animal costumes, playing the scene of two koalas mating in an indoor public art space. Auditions will befilmed. Weekends for a period of 6 weeks. Non-union performers. Pay. Begins mid March. Call Kathy. 718 349 2694
In 1998 I placed the above advertisement in ‘Backstage’ magazine and New York’s free weekly ‘The Village Voice’. I received 80 phone calls responding to the advertisement. I returned everyone’s phone call and organized auditions with 14 actors. Six of them were couples, two auditioned on their own with the empty koala suit on the floor, and the last two pairs were organized according to coinciding schedules. With the exception of one Australian, everyone was American and none had seen a koala in real life. They came to audition in my then studio at P.S.1 where I videotaped them so I had a record to help me decide who would be best for the parts. The final work Pet Corner was a performance over six weekends in March and April 1998 as part of P.S.1’s Wish you Luck exhibition.